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Butch Wheeler, Sr. - Oak Island

Butch Wheeler, Sr.Mr. “Butch” Dennis Leon Wheeler, Sr. age 69, died Sunday, December 11, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He battled heart disease for 16 years. He fought a good fight through the end.

Butch was born August 6, 1942 in Greensboro North Carolina to Grace and J.T. Wheeler. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1959, serving in Guam, the Philippines and the Bay of Pigs invasion during the Cuban Conflict. He received a presidential citation from President Eisenhower for volunteering to go out in rough seas to rescue persons on the USS Trieste in the Mariana Trench near Guam on January 23, 1960. Butch owned a commercial roofing and flooring company in Greensboro. He retired to Oak Island where he was owner at Cash Unlimited Pawn, Inc. He could be found any day there with his Civil War and World War II collectibles. His love of fishing was his favorite hobby. He fished the pro-bass circuit in the 1980’s. Butch loved salt water fishing and had operated a charter boat at Blue Water Point Marina. It was a real joy to him to fish the US Open this year. His health had finally allowed him to do that before his passing. Butch was preceded in death by his mother Grace Wheeler, his father J.T. Wheeler and granddaughter Cassidy Miranda Poole.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, June Wheeler, his son Dennis Leon Wheeler Jr. and wife Amaya of Oak Island, his daughter, Tammy Wheeler LeVan and husband Darrell of McLeanville NC, his daughter, Angiela Wheeler and fiancé Craig Quick of Rockingham NC, daughter Faith Wheeler Shore of Oak Island. He is also survived by his grandson’s Dustin Wheeler his first mate, Tyler LeVan, Jordon LeVan and, Tristyn Shore, his granddaughters, Brittany Poole, Lindsey LeVan Townsend and husband Joseph and his great grandson Skyler Farlow. Butch was sincerely loved by all. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He fought his health condition and beat the odds for many years out of love for his family. He was a special man and he left his mark in all our hearts. Butch is with the greatest fisherman of all, Jesus Christ. He will be dearly missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Service in Southport with Reverend Bill Davis and Reverend Bill Van Meter officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

You may send flowers at www.FTD.com.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport

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